Swept Away (newly restored!)

This darkly funny, indulgently shot, sexual-political reworking of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is arguably Lina Wertmüller’s most talked about film, and deservedly so. Part farcical class warfare, obscene S&M fantasy, and surprisingly genuine, romantic melodrama, Swept Away (aka Swept Away… by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August) plays like a perverse and knowingly provocative communist-penned Blue Lagoon. An angry working class sailor (Wertmüller male muse of sorts, Giancarlo Giannini) and an egregiously obnoxious, upper-crust, icy blonde (frequent Wertmüller collaborator Mariangela Melato) get stranded on an uninhabited, picture-perfect Mediterranean island – where they spar wildly, theatrically – and shockingly. If you want to know how Lina got her famous reputation – it started with Swept Away.

Dir. Lina Wertmüller, 1974, DCP, 116 min.

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